SKIP BIN SIZES & TYPES

Select the right skip for the job with our handy guide

WHAT SKIP BIN SIZE SHOULD I SELECT?

Get a skip that’s too big, and you’re wasting money. Choose a skip that’s too small and you’ll find yourself having to order a second bin. Here are a few hints for estimating the right size skip for your needs.

Start by making sure that all materials or items going into the skip are suitable for the waste type you are selecting. Find out more about waste types hereThen, estimate (in cubic metres) the size of skip bin you will need for the materials you are disposing of. Where possible, place all items to be removed in one place close to where the skip would be positioned. This will make it visually easier for you to size up your waste and choose the right size skip required. To make things easier, each bin size can be compared to the size of a box trailer or wheelie bin.

Here’s a table to help you work it out. For example a 4 square metre skip bin is the equivalent of 4 standard box trailers, or 16 wheelie bins.

SKIP SIZE BOX TRAILERS WHEELIE BINS
1m3 1 4
1.5m3 1.5 6
2m3 2 8
2.5m3 2.5 10
3m3 3 12
3.5m3 3.5 14
SKIP SIZE BOX TRAILERS WHEELIE BINS
4m3 4 16
4.5m3 4.5 18
5m3 5 20
6m3 6 24
7m3 7 28
8m3 8 32
SKIP SIZE BOX TRAILERS WHEELIE BINS
10m3 10 40
15m3 15 60
17m3 17 68
20m3 20 80
27m3 27 108
30m3 30 120

WHAT TYPE OF SKIP WILL I RECEIVE?

There are four main types of skips in Australia; Hook Load Skips, Marrel Skips, Mobile Skips and Skip Bags. To keep costs down, we work with a variety of suppliers, who have a various different types of skip bins. We will send you the cheapest skip bin of the size you book that is suitable for the waste type you select. We only work with reputable local suppliers, so rest assured, you will receive the right skip for the job. Your instant online estimate will let you know the type of skip and dimensions to ensure you get what you’re expecting.

MARREL SKIPS

Marrel bins are generally smaller than their hook counterparts. They are chain-lifted onto the back of a skip truck (so chains are attached to the bin, then the bin is lifted & lowered onto a skip truck). Marrel bins are more suitable for the average household as they are often small enough to be placed on driveways and come on smaller trucks for easier access.

HOOK LOAD SKIPS

Hook bins are lifted onto larger hook trucks by a hook arm that pulls the bin onto the truck. They are generally larger in size compared to marrel bins and are mostly used for volume-based light waste. These are mainly used by the building and construction industry as they have the room to accept these large bins and produce large amounts of waste.

MOBILE SKIPS

Mobile skip bins are a new alternative to traditional bins. They are a road registered trailer, so they generally don’t need a permit to be parked on the road. Plus they fit easily into driveways, carports or larger garages. It is important to park the trailer where it can easily be towed away by your provider when full. Mobile skips generally come in sizes up to 4 cubic metres.

SKIP BAGS

Skip bags are a great alternative to skip bins for smaller loads up to three cubic metres. They are generally cheaper, but are sturdy and convenient. Don’t forget to place the bin somewhere the truck can easily access it for collection. When you receive your skip bag, we suggest you have a quick chat with the supplier about the placement & collection of full bags.

WHAT ARE THE DIMENSIONS OF YOUR SKIPS?

The exact dimensions of the skip bins you might receive will vary as we work with several suppliers. Our instant online estimates let you know the type and dimensions of the skip before you book. For skip bags the approximate dimensions are more standard, as shown.

1 CUBIC METRE

1,000mm long x 9,00mm wide x 900mm deep

1.5 CUBIC METRE

2,500mm long x 1,500mm wide x 400mm deep

2 CUBIC METRE

2,000mm long x 1,000mm wide x 1,000mm deep

3 CUBIC METRE

2,000mm long x 1,500mm wide x 1,000mm deep

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